13 killed as terrorists target African troops

Somali capital during the explosion

Somali capital during the explosion

At least 13 people were killed when two vehicles packed with explosives went off as they were driven towards a base for African Union troops in the Somali capital, according to officials and witnesses.

“I can see ambulances taking several wounded people,” a journalist near the scene said.

The al-Shabab armed group told Al Jazeera it was responsible for the attack.

“Our Mujahideen targeted Halane which is base to the foreign forces occupying our Muslim country. We have killed dozens of them,” Abdulaziz Abu Muscab, a spokesman for the group, told Al Jazeera.

The first blast happened near an entrance used by African Union forces and the second at a checkpoint manned by Somali government forces.

White smoke could be seen billowing over the city after the blast on Tuesday.

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Source:: PM Newspaper